Is it time for your hair colour? If so, then we will always check that your skin test is in date and here is the reason why.
Most salons have a strict policy when it comes to patch testing, especially with new clients and we are one of them. You may not feel this is worth it, but even if you have been colouring your hair for a long time, a reaction could happen at any time! Some people are prone to a skin reaction called contact dermatitis. This means their skin becomes red, dry and irritated (inflamed) when they come into contact with a particular substance. The substance may either be an irritant, directly damaging the skin, or an allergen, triggering an allergic reaction that affects the skin.
What is Patch testing/Skin testing?
Patch testing is essential to ensure that the active ingredient within colour does not cause an allergic reaction. It is a simple and safe way of identifying whether the dye will cause an allergic reaction with the skin.
Whilst it may be a little inconvenient to visit us for patch test/skin test before your next service, it is essential to ensure your safety.
How we do it:
This usually involves dabbing a small amount of the colour behind your ear and leaving it to dry. You will be asked to leave the colour for at least 48 hours. If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the patch test, please let us know as this may affect your next appointment. If you do suffer a reaction, we will need to make a note of this on your record card so that we know what happened and when.
If we request that you come in to the salon for a skin/patch test before your service, we'd like to ask that you please be respectful and cooperative with us. We are asking you to do this for your own safety, so that we can make sure you will not experience a reaction to the colour we intend on applying.
Thank you for your understanding.